It is believed that Goel, who was reported to have voiced his reservations against Harsh Vardhan as the party’s chief ministerial candidate for Delhi Assembly polls, was assured of a Rajya Sabha nomination by the party president.

The process for the Rajya Sabha polls has already begun with the issue of notifications by the Election Commission. The filing of nominations started on Tuesday and it will continue till January 28. As per the notifications, the scrutiny will be done on January 29 and the last date for withdrawal of candidatures is January 31. Polling, if required, will be held on February 7 from 9 am to 4 pm and the counting will take place same day at 5 pm.

The term of office of 55 members of the Council of States expires between April 2 and 12 but the election process has been advanced by the EC in view of the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

Of the total Rajya Sabha seats for which elections will be held, seven are from Maharashtra, six each from Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh, five each from West Bengal and Bihar, four each from Odisha and Gujarat, three each from Assam, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, two each from Chhattisgarh, Haryana and Jharkhand and one each from Himachal Pradesh, Manipur, and Meghalaya.

The BJP has convened a meeting of Central Election Committee to finalize its candidates for the February 7 Rajya Sabha polls. The term of office of 55 members of the Rajya Sabha expires in April out of which 14 members are of the BJP. However, the party can retain only 13 seats due to the changed political equation in recent times.

The party will not be able to send its candidates to the Upper House from Himachal Pradesh, Odisha and Jharkhand. Meanwhile, the BJP has the requisite numbers to send an extra member to the House each from Bihar and Rajasthan.


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